Carrick team taking on mountain climbing challenge 'Seven Summits' for AWARE NI

Two Carrickfergus men are set to tackle a mountain climbing challenge in support of mental health charity, AWARE NI.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 11:27 am
Updated Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 11:28 am

Tayler Thomson and Daryl Clarke will be part of a team taking on the ‘Seven Summits’ - consisting of the seven highest peaks in the Mourne Mountains - next month.

The pair, who have been best friends since their school days, are the founders of support group The Ice Pak.

Tayler explained: “The Ice Pak hopes to support and encourage people to become the best version of themselves by taking part in cold water therapy, and getting outdoors into nature.

Tayler Thomson and Daryl Clarke.

“The Ice Pak aims to show people how to build their resilience and push them out of their comfort zone, reaching their full potential.

“The support group is a safe place for people to get involved with positive influences, who are great advocates of positive mental health. We want to inspire people to grow, build confidence and help others reach their life goals.

“Mental health is the real pandemic in today’s society and as mental health first aiders and youth workers, Daryl, Tayler and the wider Ice Pak group want to raise awareness and much-needed funds for AWARE NI by taking on the tough, gruelling challenge of summiting the seven highest peaks in the Mournes Mountains.”

Taking place on Saturday, May 29, the Seven Summits challenge will see the group traverse some 20 miles over Slieve Donard, Slieve Commedagh, Slieve Bearnagh, Slieve Meelmore, Slieve Meelbeg, Slieve Binnian and Slieve Lamagan.

The group aims to raise at least £1000 for AWARE NI, a charity which works to support people with depression and bipolar disorder.

To make a donation towards The Ice Pak’s efforts, visit